Maritime Hydrogen Highway Work Package 1

Maritime Demand Distribution

One of the major challenges for hydrogen to be adopted is achieving production at the right scale to meet demand and with the right type of chemical carrier for the purpose it is being used for. While not innovative in itself, the programme intends to lead the analysis from feasible scenarios to meet the demand challenge and make sure any solution can be scalable, rather than on the basis of building supply in the hope demand will appear.

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Image: Summary of small scale/transitional areas of opportunity (inland fleet) spatial analysis outcomes alongside the larger scale storage areas of opportunity, from previous PLA work 

Summary of small scale/transitional areas of opportunity (inland fleet) spatial analysis outcomes alongside the larger scale storage areas of opportunity, from previous PLA work

1A – Maritime demand distribution

Lead partner: Port of London Authority

Specific sites on the Thames have already been modelled for their capacity, safety and constraints for various fuel types, providing context as to the mix based on a strategic mapping exercise completed by the PLA. For the Hydrogen Highway programme, a case study will assess the scope for Cory to move hydrogen by water into the City of London. This provide a proxy for movement of hydrogen; data generated will be used in Work Packages 4 & 6.

1B – Land-port-sea integration

Lead partner: Newcastle Marine Services
Supporting partners: University of Strathclyde, OS Energy, Port of Blyth, Port of Milford Haven, ORE Catapult

Combining the practical experience of port and ship operators with the requirements of autonomous maritime systems will highlight the key interfaces for data transfer and communication between major stakeholders in a proposed national hydrogen highway network. The Work Package aims to deliver a comprehensive review of the soft- and hardware requirements in a roadmap style framework, helping to assess the current state of readiness and plan future developments.